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Guernsey’s south east coast is a beautiful mix of coves, cliffs, and wooded valleys, and the distance between St Peter Port and Moulin Huet makes it perfect for a decent half-day walk. We can organise transport into St Peter Port from the hotel (or you can hop on the bus that passes our front door), and from the flat sea front of the South Esplanade the walk back starts gently before climbing in and out of successively steeper valleys and passing several beautiful beaches until you reach the top of the Jerbourg Peninsula and round the corner back into Moulin Huet Bay. In late spring you can also enjoy the carpet of bluebells that appear annually in Bluebell Wood.
Setting off from Albert Pier, on the sea front in the centre of St Peter Port (next to the town bus terminus), head along the South Esplanade past Havelet Bay, enjoying the view of Castle Cornet and out towards Herm, Brecqhou and Sark. Shortly after the sea bathing pools at La Valette you will reach the end of the road where there is a flight of steps up to the Clarence Battery and a sign for the Cliff Path to Fermain and the South Coast. Try to keep to the main path (there are tracks that take you down to secluded coves or end up in dead-ends) and keep the coast on your left. Following a short stint along a residential road the path enters Bluebell Wood, so named because of the carpet of indigenous bluebells that bloom here in the spring.
Take the left and follow the granite signs for Fermain Bay (there will be a few more left turns) and walk down the steps onto the beach. Just past the loophole tower there is a metal bridge and a path signposted St Martins Point. At the top of the hill there is a viewpoint from which you may be able to look back and spot Alderney in the far distance. Take the left turn towards Bec du Nez and Marble Bay, then the path heads up and down through a wooded valley before climbing a series of steep steps. Unless you wish to visit the natural harbour of Bec du Nez or the beach at Marble Bay then don’t take these left turns, and after the turn for Marble Bay follow the path up the other side of the valley, signposted St Martins Point. A series of steps takes you up to the top of the Jerbourg Peninsula, at which point you would be forgiven for pausing for a breather. If you follow the residential lane as far as Seaplane Bungalow and then turn left back down onto the coast path following the sign to Petit Port Bay, you will get a fabulous view along the South Coast and across the Pea Stacks rock formations and Moulin Huet Bay. Follow the path around the bay. Petit Port is only accessible by descending a steep flight of 300 steps and then climbing back up to leave, so is perhaps best left for another time!
Continue around the coast path, keeping left, and after it heads slightly inland into some woods turn left down a lane which shortly turns back into a footpath that will take you down towards Moulin Huet. At the end of this path you can turn left down to the rocky beach and enjoy the views that inspired the French impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir in the summer of 1883, before retracing your steps back to the junction and carrying on half a mile up the lane to the Bella Luce. The Courtyard Garden at the Bella will be a sight for sore feet at this point, and you can take a table under our tulip tree and enjoy a well-deserved late lunch or early dinner with a glass of something cold.